Map shows Aboriginals moving in major cities
A new map developed at the U of S that records Aboriginal populations in urban areas shows Aboriginal people are increasingly earning higher incomes and moving into more affluent areas of Saskatchewan’s major cities.
Developed by Evelyn Peters, geography professor and Canada Research Chair in Geography, the online Atlas of Urban Aboriginal Peoples uses census data to show that while many Aboriginal people remain in poor areas of cities, Métis people, for example, are evenly distributed throughout Saskatoon. These patterns, said Peters, may give city planners, community groups and First Nations agencies “a made-in-Saskatchewan, made-on-the-Prairies perspective”.
Saskatoon and Regina are included in the atlas. The next city to be added will be Winnipeg, with Prince Albert, Edmonton and Calgary expected to be available next summer.
“We’ve made this a resource to teach our own students about Aboriginal people,” she said. “Certainly geographers will use it, and we’re very much hoping that urban planners and Aboriginal organizations can use it.”
The atlas is available by following the links on the U of S Department of Geography website at www.arts.usask.ca/geography.